We are always looking for volunteers who are passionate about supporting the ladies at Freedom a la Cart on their journey toward restoration and self-sufficiency. There are several ways to donate your time and talent.
We encourage all volunteer to complete basic Anti-Human Trafficking training available through She Has A Name ministry at Veritas Community Church. View details and register for human trafficking training.
Volunteer in Freedom a la Cart’s Kitchen
Work with Freedom catering service — Are you “at home” in the kitchen? We schedule volunteers to assist with our catering and box lunch social enterprise. If you would like to work alongside our employees in the kitchen (typically 9am-noon), email Susan Trianfo. A background check is required to work directly with our survivors.
CSB volunteer for larger groups — In addition to operating our catering business, Freedom has partnered with the Community Shelter Board and YMCA to manage the kitchen at the homeless shelter on Van Buren Ave. Our women prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for the guests. If you would like to volunteer to serve a meal at the shelter please sign up with the Community Shelter Board. Groups up to 12 can sign up to serve dinner in the evenings. No background check is needed to volunteer with the Community Shelter Board.
Donate a meal — Our team prepares 3 meals a day at the shelter, 7 days a week (including holidays). If you’d like to give the staff a night off, or help with lunch while we’re conducting a workforce training workshop, your group can make a meal for the shelter guests. Donate a pizza night; prepare pans of lasagna and salad, a hearty soup and bread, or casserole and side vegetable. Email Susan Trianfo.
Lunch or Breakfast for CATCH Court
Catch Court is a specialty docket court for survivors of sex trafficking. Volunteers provide lunch before court each Thursday and breakfast each Friday. Lunches can be sandwiches, casseroles, salad, pizza, wraps, etc.- homemade or store bought – for 30+ ladies. Breakfast can be bagels, muffins, fruit, coffee and such – homemade or store bought – for 30+ ladies. If you are interested in helping with CATCH meals,
Become a Mentor
Mentoring is such an important role to the success of the CATCH Court clients. Many of the women have not had the experience of a consistent, loving and supportive relationship in their lives; we are in the position to provide a very special gift. This has been such a successful program for CATCH participants, we would like to expand it to also provide mentors to ladies entering our workforce training program.
The requirements of being a mentor include:
- Attend basic Anti-Human Trafficking training (available through She Has A Name ministry)
- Attend Freedom a la Cart’s mentor training
- Submit a BCI background check
- Personal interview with one of our staff
Mentoring is a two-year commitment and requires an estimated two hours a week.
Interested in becoming a mentor? Sign up for an upcoming mentor training on February 25th from 9:00am – 12:00 pm or email Susan Trianfo for more information.
Do you have Special Skills?
Are you an Education Professional? Support our ladies with learning proper grammar or support with their GED or college courses.
Are you a skilled photographer? We could use photographers to take photos of our food to post to social media, cover our events such as EatUp! Columbus, or take professional photos of our ladies for news/magazine articles.
Let us know if you have other skills that we can tap into to further our goal of empowering survivors of human trafficking to build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency! Email Susan Trianfo or call (614) 992-3252 to discuss.
Periodically rides are needed for survivors to go to doctor and dental appointments as well as to the CATCH Court outings. If you are available to help on an as needed basis, contact Susan@freedomalacart.org. Mentor training and a background check is required to work directly with our survivors. Email Susan Trianfo or call (614) 992-3252 if you’re available.
Eat Up! Columbus — A six-course culinary fundraiser, featuring local chefs, benefitting Freedom a la Cart’s social enterprise and workforce development program that prepares adult survivors of human trafficking for a new life life of freedom and self-sufficiency.
Date: March 11, 2017 at St. Charles Preparatory School
Volunteer opportunities include obtaining sponsors and donations, serving on the decorations, marketing or registration committees and volunteering the day of the event. To get involved email Susan Trianfo.
Host an Event — host a golf outing, have a human trafficking awareness event in your home, ask your church or book club to donate money or items to Freedom a la Cart. Email Susan Trianfo for more information.
Ordering box lunches or catering service from Freedom a la Cart helps to create awareness of the human trafficking issue and gives our women more hours in the kitchen. Please consider Freedom a la Cart for your next event or small group gathering! Check out our catering menu or call (614) 992-3252.
Be an Abolitionist
Educate yourself and others about human trafficking and the issues surrounding it. A few of the organizations that provide training opportunities are:
- Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition (CORRC): At their News & Resources page you can find other learning opportunities.
- Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force: They have a very insightful 30-minute Intro to Human Trafficking video done by the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. Also, to the right is a link to a 1CE hour of human trafficking training.
- Lower Lights Christian Health Center: Lower Lights is a faith based organization, that provides training courses to educate those serving the community.
To obtain a BCI background check, locations can be found at:
Ohio Attorney General’s website.
Please have your background check sent to:
Freedom a la Cart
PO Box 21987
Columbus, OH 43221